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Analysis and Commentary

Will Obama Follow Bush Or FDR?

by Benjamin Wittes, Jack Goldsmithvia Washington Post
Monday, June 29, 2009
Benjamin Wittes

Designing Detention

by Benjamin Wittes, Colleen A. Peppardvia Defining Ideas
Friday, June 26, 2009

A model law for incarcerating and prosecuting terrorists

Analysis and Commentary

Obama is right: this is no time for posturing on Iran

by Philip Bobbittvia London Evening Standard
Monday, June 22, 2009

The Iran crisis has presented President Barack Obama with a very difficult problem - and the first real test of his new policy of engagement with the Muslim world...

Law and the Long War - book cover

Law and the Long War: The Future of Justice in an Age of Terror

by Benjamin Wittesvia Penguin
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wittes evaluates the war on terror from a nonpartisan perspective that assesses the chasm between the gravity of American security needs and the inadequacy of its laws.

The Cheney Fallacy

by Jack Goldsmithvia New Republic
Monday, May 18, 2009

Former Vice President Cheney says that President Obama's reversal of Bush-era terrorism policies endangers American security. The Obama administration, he charges, has "moved to take down a lot of those policies we put in place that kept the nation safe for nearly eight years from a follow-on terrorist attack like 9/11.

Kenneth Anderson

Targeted Killing

by Kenneth Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 11, 2009

Waging war with remote-controlled drone aircraft will become an essential counterterrorism tool

Terror and Consent - book cover

Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-first Century

by Philip Bobbittvia Anchor
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

According to Bobbitt, the primary driver of terrorism is not Islam but the emergence of the market state. This book provides an interesting analysis of the West's ongoing struggle against terrorism in which Bobbitt’s interpretation is framed within the context of political theory.

Analysis and Commentary

The Best Judges Obama Can't Pick

by Benjamin Wittesvia Washington Post
Sunday, May 3, 2009

What do Merrick Garland, David Tatel and Jose Cabranes have in common?...

Analysis and Commentary

Zionism and Racism, Again: Durban II

by Ruth Wedgwoodvia World Affairs Journal
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

It took the Obama administration some time to get the full picture...

Analysis and Commentary

Pirates At Sea

by Ruth Wedgwoodvia Forbes
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

We were lucky this time...


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Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow

The National Security and Law Task Force examines the rule of law, the laws of war, and American constitutional law with a view to making proposals that strike an optimal balance between individual freedom and the vigorous defense of the nation against terrorists both abroad and at home.

The task force’s focus is the rule of law and its role in Western civilization, as well as the roles of international law and organizations, the laws of war, and U.S. criminal law. Those goals will be accomplished by systematically studying the constellation of issues—social, economic, and political—on which striking a balance depends.

Peter Berkowitz serves as chair of the National Security and Law Task Force.